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Howe do you solve a problem like Newcastle?

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Howe do you solve a problem like Newcastle?

He’s the talk-of-the Toon is Eddie.

The freshly-appointed Newcastle United Head Coach was formally introduced (to an expectant public), on Monday 8 November 2021.

The 43-year-old Englishman replaces the much-maligned Steve Bruce; and is tasked with reviving the fortunes of a fiercely-proud institution.

As the only top-flight side yet to record a league victory, his new charges find themselves entrenched in the relegation zone.

Their opening eleven fixtures have yielded a paltry five points, leaving the natives increasingly restless.

In the slipstream of the much vaunted takeover by Saudi-based public investment trust (and its financial implications), Howe’s appointment signals a possible sea-change for the perennial underachievers. Newcastle United last tasted major trophy success over half-a-century ago, when lifting the 1968/69 Fairs Cities Cup.

Introductions complete; Howe’s opening batch of fixtures present as a tangible opportunity to build momentum. Newly-promoted Brentford, Norwich City and Burnley, visit St James’ Park in quick succession, albeit a pair of top-four contenders have to be confronted thereafter.

With recruitment a nationwide zeitgeist, the January transfer-window will be key to placating their north-east fan-base. And whilst a ‘Hollywood’ style signing guarantees a commercial upswing, league points (like batteries), are not included.

Eddie’s reputation at former club AFC Bournemouth, centred on family values – namely nurturing talent via positive role-models.

His simplistic ideology catapulted the Cherries from second division obscurity, toward Premier League promotion, in season 2014/15.

Periodically linked with Arsenal (among others), Howe chose to resist the spotlight. However after a 15-month sabbatical he undoubtedly welcomes the opportunity to re-engage at the sharp-end of english football.

He will be all-too aware that a near 60% win rate, failed to insulate Chris Hughton from the exit-door a decade or so ago. That said; Eddie’s Osmond-like smile and media compatibility, may well buy him the requisite time, to affect lasting change at St James’ Park.

 

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Born in 1963, Peter attended St Mary's Leith High School. Peter worked within the plumbing industry before studying a degree in journalism within the University of Stirling. Peter has been a lifelong sports fan and has volunteered within the Edinburgh Soccer School's programme on numerous occasions.

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